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Bruins 4, Lightning 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 4, Lightning 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 1, Boston Bruins 4
Three Stars of the Game
Rich Peverley
1st
Rich Peverley
C
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:33
Tim Thomas
2nd
SA: 26TOI: 59:59
GA: 1EV: 17-18
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .962SH: 0-0
Tyler Seguin
3rd
Tyler Seguin
C
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 4
+/-: 2TOI: 15:22

BOSTON (AP) - Raising the Stanley Cup championship banner before the season opener didn't help the Boston Bruins to a victory.

So when they got a second try, Tim Thomas said, they knew they couldn't rely on last year's accomplishment to give them a spark.

"One of our goals for tonight's game was to make our own emotion," Thomas said Saturday night after making 25 saves to help the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. "We wanted to get the season going in the right direction."

Rich Peverley scored twice and Brad Marchand assisted on both to lead the defending champions to their first win of the season in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals. Boston won that series and went on to earn its first NHL title since 1972.

Thomas posted a 1-0 shutout in Game 7 of the playoff series, helping him win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. He also won his second Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie in the regular season.

"Timmy looked, to me, more like the Timmy we know," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He looked calm. He looked more comfortable. To me, that was as close as I've seen Timmy to the way he was last year."

Tyler Seguin also had a pair of assists for Boston, which raised its sixth championship banner on Thursday night before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1.

Mathieu Garon stopped 38 shots for the Lightning, and Martin St. Louis scored their only goal.

"Whenever we did something right, they did something better," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "That's why they won the Cup."

St. Louis' goal was the 300th career goal. He didn't get the puck because he didn't realize it at the time.

Neither did Thomas, who was a college teammate of St. Louis in Vermont.

"I'm actually happy now," Thomas said with a smile. "I wasn't happy when he scored."

After a scoreless first period, the teams traded goals in a flurry, with Peverley opening the scoring 2:04 into the second on a rebound of a shot by Marchand that bounced off both posts.

Tampa Bay tied it a little more than a minute later when Vincent Lecavalier stole the puck from Nathan Horton in the neutral zone and poked it ahead. St. Louis chased it down and went in all alone before beating Thomas on a wrist shot past the stick side.

Lecavalier's assist was his 47th point in 46 career games against the Bruins.

But Boston came back 98 seconds after that on Daniel Paille's tip-in of an Adam McQuaid shot. Then, with 3:07 gone in the third, David Krejci scored on a rebound of Milan Lucic's shot to give Boston a 3-1 lead.

The Bruins made it 4-1 when Patrice Bergeron crossed it through traffic in front of the net; Peverley was the first one to get to it, and he swiped it past Garon.

"We got outplayed, outpoised, outhustled," St. Louis said. "We were only still in the game because our goalie gave us a chance going into the third period."

Notes: Benoit Pouliot played his first game with the Bruins after signing as a free agent over the summer. ... It was Zdeno Chara's 400th game for Boston, and David Krejci's 300th. ... Claude Julien earned his 299th win. ... The Lightning are opening up with a season-long five-game road trip.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:04
BOS
Rich Peverley (1) ASST: Brad Marchand (1), Johnny Boychuk (1)
1 - 0 BOS
03:20
TBL
Martin St. Louis (2) ASST: Ryan Malone (1), Vincent Lecavalier (1)
1 - 1 Tie
04:58
BOS
Daniel Paille (1) ASST: Adam McQuaid (1), Tyler Seguin (2)
2 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
03:07
BOS
David Krejci (1) ASST: Milan Lucic (1), Tyler Seguin (3)
3 - 1 BOS
08:43
BOS
Rich Peverley (2) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (1), Brad Marchand (2)
4 - 1 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
04:21
TBL
Matt Gilroy  Holding against  Brad Marchand
09:13
BOS
Brad Marchand  Roughing against  Steve Downie
09:13
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Brad Marchand
10:28
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
13:40
TBL
Brett Connolly  Tripping against  Tyler Seguin
16:31
BOS
Milan Lucic  Slashing against  Pavel Kubina
2nd Period
10:24
TBL
Eric Brewer  Tripping against  Milan Lucic
10:59
BOS
Tyler Seguin  Holding against  Pavel Kubina
13:21
BOS
Brad Marchand  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
13:21
TBL
Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Brad Marchand
14:04
TBL
Brett Connolly  Hooking against  Andrew Ference
19:52
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
3rd Period
10:19
TBL
Brett Connolly  Too many men/ice - bench
15:32
BOS
Nathan Horton  Cross checking against  Dominic Moore
15:32
TBL
Dominic Moore  Slashing against  Nathan Horton
17:37
BOS
Tyler Seguin  Tripping against  Steve Downie
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 42TOI: 59:53
Saves: 38EV: 32 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1
Tim Thomas
SA: 26TOI: 59:59
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0